Marchesa 2021

It is time for competitive EDH to rise once more! Come join Monarch and our partners, casters, and judges for a cEDH event like no other! Read a brief event overview below, or follow up with more detail using the dropdowns.

Marchesa 2021 Event Overview

Marchesa 2021 is a charity event! Our goal is to raise money for charity through this event. Read more about it on our Donations page!

Marchesa 2021 is on March 27th, from 10:30 EDT to ~8:00 EDT (UTC-4). It is held in the Monarch Discord Server, and played via Cockatrice.

This event is held at Competitive REL.

Registration opens on March 13th.

Group stage is an open-queue fluid round pairing system, followed by a cut to top 13. You must play 4 games during the 6-hour group stage to qualify for top-13.

The number one group stage seed qualifies directly to finals, top 12 play in semi-finals.

Marchesa 2021 will be streamed directly through our Twitch. We've partnered with seven incredible casters to bring the best stream experience we can.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I register?

Registration for the Marchesa is now open!

Registration is handled directly through our Discord, using the !register command.

Once registered, use the !add-deck command to add your decklist.

What is the tournament schedule?

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EDT) (UTC-4)

  • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM: Players Meeting.

  • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Group Stage (LFG ends at 4:15)

  • 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Player Break

  • 5:30 PM: Semifinal Matches (Untimed)

  • ~7:00 PM: Grand Final (Untimed)

  • ~8:00 PM: Closing Ceremonies

What are the rules of the tournament?

All Monarch events are governed by our Code of Conduct and Tournament Policy documents.

Marchesa 2021 has the following rule set:

Group stage:
90 minute games
Pods of 4
Fluid Round Pairing

Semifinals and Finals:
Untimed Games
Pods of 4
Seeding based on group stage results.

What the heck is Cockatrice?

Cockatrice is a 100% free 3rd party application used to play Magic: the Gathering. While unaffiliated with Wizards of the Coast, the free nature of this program allows us the ability to charge no entry fee while also enabling users to play with the best cards. We believe cEDH is best without budget limitations, and Cockatrice enables that functionality.

Cockatrice, unlike Magic: the Gathering Online, does not have rules enforcement. While games are played with "the honor system", all game actions are recorded in the chat window for all players and spectators to view. Furthermore, Cockatrice allows Judges to operate in a manner even more effective than in regular tournaments. This chat window records all game actions. Judges can then issue rulings based on exactly what happened, rather than their best understanding of the situation.

Where can I watch the tournament?

Coverage will be provided the day of the event by our own in-house stream.

We've partnered with some of the finest Magic creators to bring you informative, entertaining, and interesting commentary.

After the event is over, we will be uploading VODs to our YouTube channel. Check back in for when these are live!

What is "Fluid Round" pairing?

"Fluid Round" pairing is a type of group stage matchmaking pairing system, similar in nature to the more popular Swiss pairing system. The key difference is that rather than a set number of games each player will play, we allow players to play as many games as they want while the group stage is open. This offers some key benefits to cEDH that aren't present in standard 60-card.


Q: Why did you choose fluid pairings instead of standard Swiss?

A: cEDH has some of the greatest format variance in terms of game length. As a player, playing a 20-minute game and then waiting 70 minutes before you could play again really sucks. Fluid pairings eliminate this problem. Fluid rounds also allows players to take as many or as few breaks as they want, as you join the queue when you're ready.

In terms of scoring, fluid pairing allow a zero-bye environment. If a player may only play 4 games in a day, (as is often the case in Swiss cEDH tournaments), byes are weighted too much. This system also handles dropouts really effectively.


Q: Doesn't this system reward fast decks that can play as many games as possible?

A: No. We rebuilt our system from the ground up. We want players to focus on curating the best score line, not accumulating the greatest number of wins. For example, a score of 3 wins, 1 loss will place higher than a score of 4 wins, 3 losses under our system.


Q: What happens if I queue at the same time as someone I just played a game with?

A: Once you have played with a player, you cannot be paired against them again. You will always play new players with new decks in every round. We do not seed games based on score.


Q: Won't players just play one game and wait for finals if they win?

A: You must play four games to qualify for top 13.